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Municipality of birth, Dominican Republic

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BPLDO indicates the person's municipality of birth within Dominican Republic.

BPLDO is harmonized by name, not by boundary changes.

Comparability — General

There are many changes in the number, borders, and names of municipalities over time. The 2002 sample in particular identifies many more municipalities than the 1981 and 2010 samples. (The number of municipalities was increased greatly in 2002, but many were subsequently merged by 2010.) In addition, Santo Domingo province did not exist in 1981 so there are no municipalities for that province in the 1981 sample.

There are a few notable name changes:

Distrito Nacional in 1981 and 2002 is Santo Domingo de Guzman by 2010.
Hostos in 1981 and 2002 is Eugenio Maria de Hostos by 2010.
Hato Mayor del Rey in 1981 is Hato Mayor by 2010.
Esperalvillo in 2002 is Peralvillo by 2010.
Guerra in 2002 is San Antonio de Guerra by 2010.

The 2010 sample names for these five municipalities are the ones used for this variable.


  • Dominican Republic 1981: All persons
  • Dominican Republic 2002: All persons
  • Dominican Republic 2010: All persons


  • Dominican Republic: 1981, 2002, 2010